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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Supervision of pharmacies is questioned

Compounding pharmacies started as small mom-and-pop stores that mixed hard-to-find medications for local doctors and their patients who had allergies, difficulty swallowing, or otherwise could not take mass-produced drugs.

But amid growing drug shortages in the pharmaceutical industry, some large compounders such as the New England Compounding Center stepped in and ­expanded their business far beyond the industry’s homespun roots.

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